Saint Peter's Peacocks vs North Carolina Tar Heels 3-27-22

Saint Peter’s Peacocks vs North Carolina Tar Heels 3/27/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Saint Peter’s Peacocks vs North Carolina Tar Heels 3/27/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The 8th seeded North Carolina Tar Heels and 15th seeded Saint Peter’s Peacocks will battle for the Elite 8 East Region NCAA Championship tournament on Sunday, March 27 at 7:09 pm ET at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. 

 

North Carolina are 15-5 in the Atlantic Coast Conference and are 27-9 overall.  The Saint Peter’s Peacocks are 14-6 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and are 22-11 overall.  

 

The Saint Peter’s Peacocks upset the 3rd seeded Purdue Boilermakers in a close game of 67-64 to be the first 15th seeded team to advance to the Elite 8 in NCAA history.  Saint Peter’s had to chase a 3-point deficit at the half. 

 

Daryl Banks III made a jumper with 2:43 minutes left in the game to pull ahead 59-57.  The Peacocks were sent to the free throw line which pushed the team to victory.  Banks scored 14 points while C Rupert added 11 points.  Off the bench, Doug Ebert chipped in 10 points. 

 

The Peacocks shot 38.9%, 4% less than the Boilermakers.  They made 6 of 21 from beyond the arc and 19 of 21 free throws. They were outrebounded, 26-37 but forced Purdue to commit 15 turnovers with only 8 from Saint Peter’s. 

 

This season, Daryl Banks III leads Saint Peter’s with 11.5 ppg while Fousseyni Drame leads with 6.4 rpg.  KC Ndefo leads in shooting at 4747%, 1.2 steals, and 2.7 blocks per game.  Matthew Lee leads with 3 assists per game. 

 

After 33 games, Saint Peter’s are averaging 67.5 ppg (298th), 35.9 rebounds (168th), 12.3 assists per game is 268th in the NCAA Men’s Basketball.  

 

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Saint Peter’s Peacocks vs North Carolina Tar Heels Predictions 3/27/2022

 

The North Carolina Tar Heels defeated the 4th seeded UCLA Bruins at 73-66.  North Carolina was 3-points behind at the half.  The Tar Heels scored 45 points in the second half, including a three-pointer from Caleb Love to tie the game at 64 followed by another 3-pointer to take the lead at 67-64. 

 

Love scored 30 points while Armando Bacot contributed 14 points and 15 rebounds.  Brady Manek scored 13 points and 8 rebounds.  R.J. Davis had 12 points.  North Carolina was shooting 40.9%, 5% lower than UCLA.  They made 10 of 31three-pointers and made 9 of 12 free throws. 

 

The Tar Heels outrebounded UCLA, 43-34 but committed 8 turnovers.  Armando Bacot is the key player for North Carolina, averaging 16.4 ppg, 12.6 rpg, 1.7 blocks per game, and leads in field goal attempts at 58.8%.  R.J. Davis leads with 3.7 assists and Caleb Love leads with 1 steal per game. 

 

As a team, the Tar Heels are averaging 78.3 ppg (28th), 40.4 rebounds (22nd), and 15.3 assists per game is 46th in the league. 

 

#15 Saint Peter’s Peacocks vs #8 North Carolina Tar Heels.  The NCAAB pick is the Saint Peter’s Peacocks.  Saint Peter’s has been defying the odds, upsetting 2nd seeded Kentucky, 7th seeded Murray, and recently, 3rd seeded Purdue. 

 

North Carolina had equally impressive victories over 9th seeded Marquette, 1st seeded Baylor, and 4th seeded UCLA.  North Carolina is the better team on paper but Saint Peter’s outstanding defense and momentum will bring them over the Tar Heels.  Taking the win is Saint Peter’s with a score prediction of 74-65.

 

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Saint Peter’s Peacocks vs North Carolina Tar Heels 3/27/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAB Starting Time: 5:05 P.M. ET

 

Location: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

 

Date: Sunday, March 27, 2022

 

TV: CBS

 

NCAAB ODDS: North Carolina Tar Heels -8.0

 

NCAAB TOTALS: 137.5

 

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